National Health Event Hosted By Major League Baseball’s Athletic Training Staff Will Teach Children The Importance of Health Lifestyles Including Those With Disabilities.
WHAT: National PLAY Campaign will make a stop at MLB Ball Parks All Summer to promote the importance of children living a healthy lifestyle and disability inclusion. In 2014, the PLAY Campaign became the first program in professional sports to include children with disabilities. In 2017, PBATS partnered with the Ruderman Family Foundation and National Down Syndrome Society to enhance this effort. Children from the National Down Syndrome Society will take part in this fully inclusive PLAY Campaign event with the support of the Ruderman Family Foundation.
WHEN: Summer 2018
WHERE: MLB Ball Parks All Over The USA
WHY: Created in 2004 by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), thePLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) campaign was formed to raise awareness about children’s health issues and the obesity epidemic in the United States. PLAY has conducted more than 300 events inside all 30 Major-League ballparks, reaching tens of thousands of America’s young people with positive messages about making healthy decisions and living a more active and healthy lifestyle. The PLAY campaign is made possible by the generous support and participation of Major League Baseball Charities, the Taylor Hooton Foundation and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation.
About PLAY: PLAY is a national public awareness campaign of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) in conjunction with MLB Charities, the Taylor Hooton Foundation, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation and the Ruderman Family Foundation. The PLAY campaign, which will host events in all 30 Major-League ballparks in 2018, educates America’s young people about the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle and disability inclusion. PLAY events run approximately two hours in length with participants divided into groups and rotated through a series of stations. These stations touch on everything from healthy eating, injury prevention, strength and conditioning and education about the dangers of illegal performance and appearance-enhancing drugs. For more information, please visit www.PBATS.com.
About the Ruderman Family Foundation: The Ruderman Family Foundation is an internationally recognized organization, which advocates for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in our society. The Foundation supports effective programs, innovative partnerships and a dynamic approach to philanthropy in advocating for and advancing the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout the United States and the world. The Ruderman Family Foundation believes that inclusion and understanding of all people is essential to a fair and flourishing community and imposes these values within its leadership and funding. For more information, please visit www.rudermanfoundation.org.
About the Taylor Hooton Foundation: The Taylor Hooton Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is widely recognized as the leader in the education of North America’s young people about the dangers of anabolic steroids and other appearance and performance enhancing substances. The family and friends of Taylor Hooton formed the Foundation in 2004 after his untimely death at 17 years old following his use of anabolic steroids. To date, the Taylor Hooton Foundation has spoken to and educated more than one-million people. For more information, visit www.taylorhooton.com.
About the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc. Established in 2008, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation works to foster, support, and promote dental, medical, and animal health by helping to increase access to care in communities around the world. The Henry Schein Cares Foundation carries out its mission through financial and health care product donations to non-profit organizations supporting health care professionals and community-based programs focused on prevention, wellness, and treatment; disaster preparedness and relief; and capacity building of health institutions that provide training and care.
Interviews Available with:
Sara Hart Weir, MS, President & CEO of the National Down Syndrome Society
Miriam Heyman, Program Officer at the Ruderman Family Foundation, where she is responsible for the oversight of programs related to disability inclusion